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Let’s say your preferred political candidate didn’t win Tuesday. Let’s say you’re convinced we’re all in trouble. I’ll concede your point. The country, the state, your hometown, your neighborhood, everything. It’s all messed up. Some people think elections … more
A very long time ago, when I was a pup reporter at the old Philadelphia Bulletin, the paper across town was owned and run by Walter Annenberg. Now, I never cared for Annenberg’s politics. He was buddies with Nixon … more
The signs of today’s tight labor market are all around us.  “Help Wanted” signs everywhere. Stores and restaurants forced to reduce their hours due to staffing shortages. Flights delayed or canceled because of a lack of pilots, attendants, and ground crews. Longer waits to get help ... more
The war against Trumpism won’t be won in today's election. Indeed, the 2022 midterms may deal a setback to Americans of all political stripes who believe in the rule of law and rationality. more
I don’t consider myself part of a truth squad, nor do I want to be. In political campaigns, the layers of gray behind “truth” are so numerous that often it’s only those who … more
We are not partisan — we took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.  We served our country in peace and war, … more
My writing student, an army veteran, struggled with our course but had made it to the day near the end of the semester when students were submitting their required writing  portfolios. He came … more
Our headline pays homage to the chosen name of a group of Lansing female power brokers organized and led by the late, great Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a public relations pioneer who cut an impressive … more
I didn't expect my column this week to be about what I learned in church on Sunday, but that's what is happening.  Father Mark spent the entire homily urging a no vote on Proposal 3, the … more
Congratulations to the micromanaging Michigan State University Board of Trustees for making the job of president so undesirable that the office’s current occupant is quitting a year and a half … more
Looking at the first two state proposals on the General Election ballot, the phrase “don’t let the perfect become the enemy of the good” comes to mind.  Neither Proposal 1 … more
In the past months, at least seven different polls have shown Gov. Gretchen Whitmer being up anywhere between 18 percentage points and a half of a percentage point. If you want to read … more
To be kind, Republicans haven’t been running the most competitive campaigns at their top of the ticket this year. Their gubernatorial candidate is sinking. A vast majority of voters have no … more
Republicans are dropping at least $6 million into the Tudor Dixon's cash-strapped gubernatorial campaign four weeks before the General Election because, frankly, they need to win … more
Proposal 3 would guarantee Michigan residents the right to make their own reproductive decisions. More than 750,000 Michiganders signed the petition over the summer to put the proposal on the November ballot. more
Mercifully, the bee that flew into the bonnet of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees about President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. has gone and buzzed away.  Stanley and the Trustees have come to an understanding about how Title IX reports are supposed to be handled ... more
Let’s get these new state House districts straight.  East Lansing south of Grand River Avenue Okemos is in with Williamston and Webberville in District 73. The Moores River Park neighborhood and anything south of the rivers are with Holt in District 74. more
Two questions will appear on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot for the consideration of Lansing city voters. One is a $175 million bonding and millage plan that Mayor Andy Schor touts as the long-awaited solution to creating a permanent home … more
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin is renting an Old Town condo from Niowave government relations director Jerry Hollister until after the election. Predictably, the Republicans are making their voices hoarse … more
I gave my journalism students an assignment to use the internet to discover information about public people. One was Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. We looked for his residence, his spouse, her … more
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